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The coroner’s office and police are working to locate and exhume the body of a young boy who was found in the Fox River near McHenry over 60 years ago but has never been identified.

McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein said his office and several supporting agencies conducted an exhumation on Tuesday.

The agencies are working to exhume the body of an African-American boy, whose name and exact age are unknown, who was buried at Ostend Cemetery on Route 120 in unincorporated McHenry.

The boy was found dead on April 24, 1963, in the Fox River near the McHenry dam.

The coroner at the time estimated the child to be approximately seven years old, according to a newspaper article published by The Daily Sentinel.

The boy had welts on his body, green paint on his legs and was missing two or three front teeth, the paper reported. He was found wrapped in a bed spread.

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His death was attributed to bronchial pneumonia.

Rein said Wednesday that thorough research and exploration of evidence was conducted at Ostend Cemetery prior to the exhumation.

Investigators identified an area of the cemetery that was believed to be a high probability of where the boy was buried.

The exhumation proved not to be of the child in the unmarked grave but of another individual, according to a forensic anthropologist at the scene.

Rein said the coroner’s office is continuing to work closely with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry Township and other agencies in the case.